US president hits back at Snoop Dogg ‘assassination’ video

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Updated 17 March 2017

US president hits back at Snoop Dogg ‘assassination’ video

NEW YORK: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday attacked a music video in which rapper Snoop Dogg points a fake gun at a clown-like Trump figure.
“Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!,” Trump wrote on his Twitter account.
Snoop Dogg’s satirical video for “Lavender” makes references to issues including immigration and the police killings of unarmed black men, and features characters dressed as clowns including one called Ronald Klump.
Towards the end, the rapper points a fake handgun at the head of the Trump-like character and the replica weapon releases a flag saying “Bang.”
In an interview earlier this week with celebrity website TMZ, Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, called the video “totally disgraceful” and said the musician owed Trump an apology.
“There is absolutely nothing funny about an assassination attempt on a president,” Cohen said. “I certainly would not have accepted it if it was President (Barack) Obama. I certainly don’t accept it as President Trump, and in all fairness, it’s not funny, it’s not artistic.”
The video has also drawn criticism from US Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
California rapper Snoop Dogg, 45, told Billboard he saw Trump as a clown.
The video, released on Sunday, was intended to address police violence, the incarceration of black people and Trump’s bid to impose a temporary ban on people entering the United States from several Muslim-majority countries.
“I feel like it’s a lot of people making cool records, having fun, partying, but nobody’s dealing with the real issue with this .... clown as president,” the musician said.


Russians rush to public bath after coronavirus lockdown without hot water

Updated 30 May 2020

Russians rush to public bath after coronavirus lockdown without hot water

  • Public baths only way for many Russians living in smaller towns to wash themselves in comfort

TUTAYEV, Russia: Russian women flocked to their small town’s “banya” or public steam sauna when it reopened after the coronavirus lockdown, for the luxury of hot water after going without for six weeks.
The public banya is the only way for many Russians living in smaller towns to wash themselves in comfort as older homes do not have central heating or hot water supplies.
In Tutayev, a town some 300 kilometers northeast of Moscow on the Volga River, only 71 percent of the 40,000 strong population have all the conveniences, official data shows.
“It’s a necessity for us as we couldn’t wash ourselves,” one of the first banya visitors, Svetlana Travnikova, said. “How is it possible (not to wash), pandemic or no pandemic?”
Another visitor at Friday’s first session, Irina Kutavtseva, said going to the banya was a festive occasion for her.
Receptionist Tamara Bryukova, donning a mask and clad in rubber gloves, said calls from those in need of a hot steam were coming non-stop. Naked bathing means separate days are set aside for women and men and next week is fully booked, she said.
People had to book in advance to limit numbers for social distancing and have their temperature taken at the entrance, administrators said, and the hall-like steam room was disinfected after each 90-minute session.
Public banyas in many other Russian regions remain closed as the decision on easing lockdown measures is taken by local authorities according to the situation on the ground.
Local officials in the Yaroslav region, where Tutayev is located, had recommended banyas work “without visitors or online” to prevent the spread of the virus, a decision which caused a public outcry at the time.
“Banyas working remotely without visitors is a joke,” Tutayev resident Vladimir Kolomenskiy said, “and when people can’t wash it’s a health risk too.”